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During two weeks this past August, over 31 professional development sessions were led by OCSB staff members. More than 700 staff members throughout the district participated in this year’s program. All sessions were directly linked to one or more of the Deep Learning elements, and participants learned tangible skills related to their jobs. “The impact of these sessions has influenced my professional growth and helped me take risks in the classroom,” said Jackie Mason, Teacher at St. Emily School and session participant.

Steve McCabe, Superintendent of Leading & Learning, gave a summary of the Board’s summer learning opportunities for staff at the September 26, 2017 Board meeting. He also offered a preview of the upcoming school year’s “Leading and Learning Journey.” This program has been coordinated by OCSB volunteers for the past 20 years, and has been provincially recognized for its success in offering staff, including non-teaching staff, with professional development and personal growth opportunities.


The impact of these sessions has influenced my professional growth and helped me take risks in the classroom.

Jackie Mason

Teacher, St. Emily School and session participant

Focusing on a a positive school climate

Every two years, students, staff, and parents have the opportunity to provide the Board with feedback, through a School Climate Survey, on areas such as school environment, safety, resiliency, stressors, and social emotional learning. The 2016-2017 received excellent engagement from the OCSB community. “Climate surveys are good practice — they help us determine areas of focus and areas we can improve,” said Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success Intermediate/Secondary, during her presentation at the September 26, 2017 Board meeting. 


Sample statements from the School Climate Survey

Respondents were asked to rate each statement on a scale ranging from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree”. Parents and staff were asked similar questions from their own perspective.


  • I am happy to be at this school
  • I feel like I belong at this school
  • I feel physically safe at this school
  • I am encourages to get involved at school
  • Students at my school treats each other with respect
  • I have friends that care about me

Secondary Indicators of Success

Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success Intermediate/Secondary, along with Research Officer Donna Mailloux presented information to the Board indicating the success we are witnessing in our secondary panel and provides data on credit accumulation, credit recovery, co-operative education, and graduation rates. With this data, we have the opportunity to set direction and develop actions which can be incorporated into the cycle of school innovation planning. View the Secondary Indicators of Success report.


OCSB students surpass provincial EQAO scores

Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) students continue to surpass provincial scores on the annual Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) standardized tests. The EQAO standardized tests were conducted in the school year 2016-2017 in Grades 3, 6, 9, & 10 and assess reading, writing & mathematics.

While celebrating our literacy results, we remain committed to ensuring that building confidence and competence in mathematics is a priority for all of our students. We look forward to receiving and examining our detailed data to further inform our math strategy.

Denise Andre

Director of Education, OCSB

OCSB (2016-2017)

  • Grade 3 Reading 80% 80%
  • Grade 3 Writing 82% 82%
  • Grade 3 Mathematics 70% 70%
  • Grade 6 Reading 85% 85%
  • Grade 6 Writing 86% 86%
  • Grade 6 Mathematics 54% 54%
  • Grae 9 Applied Mathematics 49% 49%
  • Grade 9 Academic Mathematics 89% 89%
  • OSSLT – Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (first time eligible students) 85% 85%

Province (2016-2017)

  • Grade 3 Reading 74% 74%
  • Grade 3 Writing 73% 73%
  • Grade 3 Mathematics 62% 62%
  • Grade 6 Reading 81% 81%
  • Grade 6 Writing 79% 79%
  • Grade 6 Mathematics 50% 50%
  • Grade 9 Applied Mathematics 44% 44%
  • Grade 9 Academic Mathematics 83% 83%
  • OSSLT – Ontario Secondary School Literacy test (first-time eligible students) 81% 81%

News from the Boardroom Summary (September 26, 2017)

This September 26, 2017 blog post From the Boardroom covers the following topics:


  • Professional development opportunities for OCSB staff
  • Focusing on a positive school climate
  • Secondary indicators of Success
  • OCSB students surpass provincial EQAO scores
  • November 14, 2017 Board meeting postponed
  • Attendance Boundary for New Kanata North Catholic Elementary School

Briefs from the Boardroom


November 14, 2017 Board meeting postponed

The November 14, 2017 has been postponed to November 21, 2017 due to the Institute for Catholic Education facilitating a two-day “Renewing the Promise” Symposium that will be attended by Ontario Catholic Directors of Education, Chairpersons, Student Trustees, and other stakeholder groups from Catholic boards across the province.


Attendance Boundary for New Kanata North Catholic Elementary School

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities, presented a proposal for the establishment of the boundary for the new Kanata North Elementary School with associated changes to St. Gabriel and St. Isidore boundaries. The new site is located at 785 Goulbourn Forced Road, on the south side of Terry Fox Drive, where the existing Goulbourn Forced Road is to be realigned to the west.

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